Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


on tap

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RATINGS: 1552   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
(First tapping every first Thursday of October) A smoked bock beer for Bamberg’s strong beer season (October through December). Matured for months in ancient rock-cellars underneath Bamberg and tapped freshly from the oakwood cask. Similar to, but much bigger than the classic Maerzen style.

hobsch's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hobsch (505) - Cologne, - DEC 20, 2013
Bottle 0.5l from P&M Bonn. Pours mahagony with off white head. Taste is smoked ham, roasted malt, burnt wood. Intense. Taste is light bitter, medium sweet, smoked ham, roasted malt, wood. Long lasting smokey aftertaste. Oily, full bodied beer. Perfect smoked beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scooterbub (987) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - JUN 28, 2016
16.9 ounce bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown with a two inch light tan head that slowly fades. Taste is of smoke, roasted malts, caramel, wood and fruit. Similar aroma. Has a smooth, mostly full body. Not as aggressive with the smoke as the marzen, but is smoother and more rounded. Both are equally tasty and excellent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuartyboy (1361) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JUN 24, 2016
On cask @ GRAF 2016 a dark brown with reddish tint big smokey aroma flavour is smokey with malt and fruity character hints of marzipan quite sweet smoked plums and raisins excessively sweet on finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bill Becker (751) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - JUN 16, 2016
25 Pours a clear mahogany with emphasis on brown great head of off white foam. Great wood chip barbecue/smokie aromas. Sneaky amount of sweet malt in there. Huge smoke right off the bat with some malty sweetness ...bbq in a glass. Smooth mouthfeel and very easy to drink despite the intense smoke. So good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FireGlider (403) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JUN 14, 2016
Dark brown/amber color with medium brown head. Aroma is of smoked ham, toasted bread, light toffee, some caramel malt, and some light wood. Taste is medium sweet malty and light salty with lasting smoky aftertaste. Good smoked beer with lot of aroma, smokiness present but don’t overtake beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UXO (1353) - CANADA - JUN 7, 2016
Appearance: clear amber-brown with one finger of light beige head diminishing gradually to a thin cap, moderate lacing. (4/5) Aroma: smoke, wood, hints of umame/meat/bacon, earthy. (8/10) Taste: moderate-low sweet, moderate smoke, mild bitter. (8/10) Medium-light body, soft carbonation, dry mildly smoky finish. (4/5) Do rauchbiers actually have best before dates? Because even though this one’s is supposedly past, this is bloody good, is what this is - smooth and moderately smoky, with an almost creamy body. I don’t know whether I’m just beginning to appreciate the style, or whether this really is a particularly good example of the style, but I’m quite enjoying it either way. I’m not sure whether there’s really a umame presence there, or whether the smoke is just so very much like a really nice slab of bacon, but either way, it’s really nice. (16/20)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VFB (10) - Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - JUN 3, 2016
This was the creamiest Doppel that I’ve ever had. It could have been a little sweeter to match the feel a bit better, but it’s still a very good beer overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kajser27 (1195) - Zagreb, CROATIA - MAY 31, 2016
Dark brown colored with a ruby hue, medium off white to beige head with good lacing. Aroma is of smoked ham, some caramel malt, bit toasted and light wood. Taste is medium+ sweet malty, caramel, light toffee and toasted bread, strong smoked ham, some wood, light bitterness, lasting smoky aftertaste. Medium+ bodied, soft carbonation, oily. So fine!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fules (495) - Gyöngyös, HUNGARY - MAY 18, 2016
Monumentális, a végtelenségig tartó hab, barna szín. Intenzív, füstös illat, de a háttérben felsejlik a maláta is. Komoly malátás alap, markáns füstös fedéssel. Utóíze a korty folytatása. Iszonyúan finom, testes sör.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nordic (411) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAY 13, 2016
Bottle 0,5. Dark brown color. Strong smoked aroma with bacon hints. Taste: many layers, smoked, sweet, also bitter, alcohol, warming. Interesting and good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scirtes (382) - POLAND - MAY 3, 2016
Bottle, bb 04/2015 (tasted 3.05.2016). Pours dark coppery, almost brown, clear, with dense, creamy, off-white head. Aromas of dark bread, sweet notes, smoked notes are very subtle. Taste is lightly sweet, with no marked bitterness. Medium bodied, very smooth.

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